South Dakota Rural Broadband Deployment and Impact Report

Rural South Dakotans have greater access to wired broadband telecommunications services than many of their counterparts across the country, according to a 2018 report released by Benchmark Data Labs (referred to in the report as the South Dakota Dashboard) and the South Dakota Telecommunications Association. Better than 76 percent of customers who lived outside of the state’s major metropolitan areas were able to subscribe to broadband speeds of 25 MB download and 3 MB upload or higher as of December 31, 2017, compared to 61 percent nationwide.

The report provides data on the state of rural broadband in South Dakota and compares the state to the nation as a whole. It focuses particularly on the services provided by the 18 companies who are members of the South Dakota Telecommunications Association and the broadband backbone provider the SDN Communications.

Download the full 2018 South Dakota Broadband report as a PDF below.

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